Creativity: Pushing Through and Testing Limits


Writers often have a difficult time trying to get into our zone.  It is common for a writer to have a case of “writers block,” but even more common is for a writer to give up because of an inability to break through.  Here are some things to consider when looking to get back “in the flow.”

Nature:  Getting back to nature allows not just the lungs, but the body as a whole, to get vital oxygen, which allows us to become energized.  Finding a place with lots of water or trees is essential – this rejuvenates the mind and body.

Meditation:  Yes, it sounds like New Age bull, but true meditation requires a calming of the mind to where it is silent.  This is possibly the hardest thing for any writer to do, but it’s important in that by learning to calm the mind, we tune out distractions and are able to focus.

Personal Alignment:  This is going to sound absurd to some, but learning how to bring one’s vibrations and energy into alignment can open up the mind to possibilities which are only thought about in passing.  Meditation and Nature allow this, but what really promotes this sort of growth is lowering our defenses and considering ideas which run counter to our own.  Sometimes, this requires getting distance from the work, and focusing on centering our energies, which promotes alignment.

Developing Sight:  Many writers say they can “see” the scenes they write before writing it.  How many of you look at a newspaper from eye level and can actually tell what sort of color adjustment would be needed to make royal blue into, say, midnight blue?  It may sound easy, but it takes practice – some are gifted with the ability to innately “see” what others don’t, but we are actually all born with it.  It all comes down to our desire to test ourselves.

And that brings up one last technique:

Pushing Limits:  What are you willing to do as a writer?  Who are you willing to allow to be killed, or be born, or be married, or have an affair, or come out, or simply go from being a sweetheart to a jerk?  We all fall in love with our characters at one time or another.  At some point, we must develop a “trap door,” and a means to replace said character with another or continue the story without the character.  We must be willing to test our limits to the point where we can conceive any possibility with what we write, whether it is a dramatic death scene, or a steamy love scene, or a scene which questions one’s personal values.  We must, as writers, constantly test our limits.

Hopefully these items will prove useful.  As always, feedback and contributions are welcome!

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